What is Columbia Design League?

We are a group of Columbia Museum of Art members who share a belief that design matters in every area of modern life. Our annual seasons abound with lectures and discussions led by architects, designers, artists, and other luminaries. The Design League collaborates with academic, civic, and professional organizations to bring appealing and insightful design programs and events to the region.

2019-2020 Season Calendar*

September 20, 2019
Annual Meeting featuring POPup - The Inflatable Movement: Redefining Architecture
Adrienne Montare and Tom Savory explore the origins of inflatable structures

October 24, 2019
Play with Your City Winning Design Reveal & Street Party
See how the Lady Street corridor is transformed with urban design.

November 6, 2019
Meet the Designer: Designing Nephron
Tour the state-of-the-art facility, learn about the design process, innovative packaging design and pharmaceutical delivery systems.

Events Coming in 2020:

Meet the Designer: Yazi
Learn more about Wayfinding Design and the new signage system put in place downtown

Mr. Modernism - George Smart
Exploring mid-century and modernist architecture

Reinventing Knoxville with Sanders-Pace Architecture

*dates, speakers and locations subject to change

Become a Member

$5 for Students

$15 for Avant Garde and Solo

$25 for other membership levels

You'll have a chance to add the Columbia Design League to your membership during checkout.

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Play With Your City

Play With Your City 2019: Reimagining Lady Street

The winner has been announced! Learn more about the changes you'll be seeing on Lady Street in October.



The Public Restroom: Fear, Decency, and Design

The Columbia Design League presents Harvey Molotch, a professor of sociology and metropolitan studies at NYU and co-editor of the book Toilet: Public Restrooms and the Politics of Sharing, has a beef with American public bathrooms — the physical design often makes an important everyday experience exceedingly uncomfortable.